Maxwell open to dialogue with Rangers to resolve issues

first_imgMaxwell, who took up his position as chief executive at Hampden last month, said he couldn’t comment on the disciplinary charges, which were ongoing but said that Rangers had not, to his knowledge, made any official complaint or request to the Scottish FA.Though the organisation’s judicial process is completely independent of the board, Maxwell said in all dealings he had found Hughes to be completely impartial.“The notice of complaint is ongoing and going through the judicial process with the compliance officer,” he told STV.“The statements have been played out in the press. We’ve not had much, if any, official communication from Rangers at all. It’s difficult for us to comment until such times as we do. “As I stand here right now, I’m not aware of us having been asked officially, though that may have come in this morning.“But listen, Gary was an excellent director and in my time on the board I’ve seen nothing other than complete independence from him.”Though there had been no contact, the chief executive said he would happily discuss any issues, stressing he felt positive relationships with clubs were important and he would do what he could to ease any tension.“I think it’s important for the board and important for Scottish football that everybody’s relationships are as good as they can be,” he said.“Ultimately we’re a governing body and sometimes we’re going to have to take decisions that some people might not be in agreement with but that comes with the territory so it’s important that the relationships are as good as possible.“If we get communication from them, yes. I know Stewart [Robertson] and Andrew [Dickson] and I’m happy to speak to them as and when required and we’ll see if something official comes in. “ Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said he has yet to have any official communication from Rangers about their issues with the governing body but would welcome the opportunity for discussions with the club.Tensions between the club and Hampden escalated when Rangers chairman Dave King raised questions about the suitability of Scottish FA non-executive director Gary Hughes after reports emerged of him calling Rangers fans “the great unwashed” back in 2006.Hughes decided to step down from the Hampden board but in a subsequent statement, King questioned whether he had been involved in making any decisions regarding Rangers. He referred in particular the decision to charge Rangers with breaking rules relating to their UEFA license in 2011 and 2012.last_img read more

Tutu: lifelong speaker of ‘truth to power’

first_img5 October 2012The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is to give South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu a special once-off award, accompanied by a US$1-million grant, in recognition of his “lifelong commitment to speaking truth to power”.The award will be presented to Tutu in Dakar, Senegal later this year during the annual Ibrahim Discussion Forum, the foundation said in a statement on Thursday.Announcing the special award to Tutu, the foundation’s board said it was “motivated by the desire to make an extraordinary grant to an outstanding African civil society champion.‘One of Africa’s great voices for justice’“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is and has throughout his life been one of Africa’s great voices for justice, freedom, democracy and responsible, responsive government. In everything he stands for, says, and does, he displays a consistent determination to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak the uncomfortable truth.”Mo Ibrahim, the Sudan-born billionaire who established the foundation in 2006, added: “Whether one always agrees with Archbishop Tutu or not, his contribution to dialogue, to accountability, and to the debate on Africa’s future has been unparalleled.“His integrity and moral authority deserve recognition. We hope this award will inspire the next generation to follow Archbishop Tutu’s example and speak truth to power.”Promoting good governance in AfricaThe London-based foundation supports good governance and leadership in Africa, publishing an annnual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, and awarding an annual $5-million prize to democratically elected former African heads of state who have:served only their constitutionally mandated term;left office in the previous three years; anddemonstrated excellence in office.Winners of the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership since it was established in 2007 are: Nelson Mandela of South Africa, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique, Festus Mogae of Botswana, and Pedro de Verona Rodrigues Pires of Cape Verde.According to the foundation, the prize for 2012, which has not yet been adjudicated, will be announced in London on 15 October.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SA’s first grid-connected solar PV plant

first_img16 September 2013 Norway-based Scatec Solar announced on Monday that it had completed its 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Kalkbult in the Northern Cape three months ahead of schedule, making it first project under South Africa’s renewable energy programme for private producers to be grid connected and operational. Scatec Solar was one of 28 independent power producers that signed contracts with the government late last year, in the first round of a programme that will see an initial 1 400 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy being added to South Africa’s energy mix, while bringing an estimated R47-billion in new investment into the country. The Department of Energy aims to bring 17 800 MW from renewable sources online by 2030. Scatec Solar has been awarded three projects with total capacity of 190 MW under the government’s programme. Construction of its next two projects, located in the Northern and Eastern Cape, has started and completion is expected by the middle of next year. The completed Kalkbult plant consists of more than 312 000 solar panels mounted on 156 kilometres of substructure, inverters, transformers and a sub-station. Kalkbult’s electricity will be sold to state company Eskom through a 20-year purchase agreement. According to Scatec Solar, the annual production of 135-million kWh will cover the electricity demand of 33 000 households, while reducing the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by almost 115 000 tons per year. “The South African authorities are committed to implementing an ambitious renewable energy programme, and we find great satisfaction in being able to contribute to its success through our own projects, which we have actively been developing in South Africa over the last four years,” Scatec Solar CEO Raymond Carlsen said in a statement on Monday. “This country boasts some of the best conditions for solar power in the world, and the annual output of 135-million kWh produced at the Kalkbult plant will benefit both the region and the local community in which we operate.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Lion Air’s safety record a mixed bag

first_imgLion Air is Indonesia’s biggest privately-owned airline, runs second to Malaysia’s AirAsia in terms of South-East Asian low-cost carriers and been responsible for some of the world’s biggest aircraft orders.It has a chequered past when it comes to accidents but has moved in recent years to improve its operations by joining a global audit regime.The group was founded in 1999 by Indonesian-Chinese brothers Rusdi and Kusnan Kirana and started operations the following year.It grew rapidly,  launching short-haul commuter subsidiary Wings Air in 2003 and Batik Air in 2013. It is also a joint venture partner in Malaysia’s Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air.The group currently operates a fleet of more than 300 aircraft, ranging from turboprops to older McDonnell Douglas planes and an aging Boeing 747.  They serve a mix of domestic and international destinations, including Australia.But the single-aisle Boeing 737, and to a lesser extent the Airbus A320, form the backbone of the group fleet with Lion Air’s services are nearly all operated by the Boeing jet.Headline-grabbing aircraft orders included a record 2011 deal to buy 230 Boeing jets listing at $US21.7 billion and a 2013 order for 234 Airbus jets worth $US24 billion at list prices.More recently, it signed a 2017 deal for 50 737 MAX 10 jets worth more than $US6 billion at catalog prices.The airline’s safety record has been mixed and at one stage it was banned, along with other Indonesia carriers from flying to the US and Europe because of safety concerns.Indonesian airlines were cleared to fly to the US in 2016 and that year Europe lifted its ban on Lion Air.READ:  Lion Air’s erratic speed and altitude graphs revealed.The European Commission also lifted its blanket ban on Indonesia carriers in mid-2018 after the country returned mostly above average results in a 2017 review by the  International Civil Aviation Organisation Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program.The EC has said it has no immediate plans to retintroduce the ban on Lion Air as a result of Monday’s crash.ICAO’s audit reviews the national aviation system and looks at operations, airworthiness, accident investigation, aerodromes, organization, legislation, air navigation services and licensing.The 2017 audit saw Indonesia score above the global average in six of the eight areas, was average in one and slightly below average — by about 0.1 of a percentage point — when it came to organization.Its highest ICAO score of 90.91 percent was for airworthiness.Lion Air, Batik Air and Garuda have all also completed the International Air Transport Association completed IOSA, which is conducted every two years and is designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.It looks at more than 1000 parameters and has become an internationally recognized aviation standard since its inception 15 years ago.In 2017, the all accident rate for airlines on the IOSA registry was nearly four times better than that of non-IOSA airlines (0.56 vs. 2.17) and it was nearly three times better over the 2012-16 period.Nonetheless, Lion Air’s chequered safety history has seen one other fatal crash and a number of aircraft written off.Its last fatal accident was in 2004, when 25 people died after a McDonnell-Douglas MD-82 overran a runway while landing at Solo City in central Java and crashed into a metal fence and cemetery.The most recent prior to Monday’s tragedy was a runway excursion in April this year at Gorontalo in which a Boeing 737-800 was substantially damaged.A 2013 incident saw a Boeing 737 crash short of the runway at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and break in two. The crash injured 46 people, four of them seriously, and was attributed to pilot error.Two passengers also suffered serious injuries after a Lion Air plane bounced four times in hard landing at Surabaya-Juanda Airport in 2007.The Aviation Safety Network’s accident database shows Lion Air aircraft were damaged beyond repair in accidents in 2002, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013.Batik Air has had one aircraft substantially damaged in a ground collision attributed to poor air traffic control coordination.last_img read more

Learn it, Live it, Love it: The Spring Fever Edition

first_imgLearn it: Netflix has been rolling out some really exciting new content lately; I’m finding it both educational and entertaining. If you haven’t watched it yet, Beyonce’s Homecoming is a feat of human ingenuity. Its sheer scale is stunning, but what I loved most were the background moments where you see the intense hours, the eye for detail and the constant practice over the course of eight months that lead to producing something so beautiful. Two films I’m excited to check out soon are Brene Brown’s Call to Courage and the new documentary out May 1st,  Knock Down the House, about 4 Democrat women who ran in the 2018 election. Though I don’t agree with their politics, I certainly agree with some of the challenges America faces, and there is a lot to be learned from those who have the courage to stand up and fight to make a change.Finally, I love what the guys over at Freethink are doing through storytelling, last week was criminal justice week and the issues they raise through individual stories is amazing and so important. If we are to boast with pride about “America, the Free” we need to be bold enough to look at areas where we fall short and work tirelessly to ensure our institutions are built to preserve freedom, not power. Live it: From the list above, you’d think I’d be spending all of my time indoors watching TV, but on the contrary! I have every intention of getting out and enjoying the best season to be in Washington, pollen be damned!  Next weekend is one of my favorite events of the year, The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival. It’s got great local talent (don’t miss Oh He Dead and Yasmin Williams), a beautiful natural setting and supports nature education programs. Tickets aren’t too pricey, and it’s always a fun time, even if it rains (mud pit anyone?). Maybe I’ll see you by the s’mores pit! Love it: This week, the AFF team has been reviewing nominations for the 2019 Buckley Awards. It has been amazingly inspiring and gratifying to see the talent and dedication that young people across the country bring to advancing liberty and opportunity for all.We’ll be celebrating this year’s winners at the AFF Gala & Buckley Awards  on May 23, but really, this event is a celebration of all the young people working to make this country a better, freer, more prosperous place. Here’s to you, and thank you!last_img read more

Interview with Forrester’s Josh Bernoff on His New Book Empowered

first_imgRelated Posts klint finley Forrester analysts Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler’s new book Empowered: Unleash Your Employees, Energize Your Customers, and Transform Your Business, a follow-up to Bernoff’s and Charlene Li’s 2008 Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies, was released today. Empowered takes a look at several trends we’ve been following at ReadWriteEnterprise, including Shadow IT, innovation managment and microblogging. We caught up with Bernoff to talk about the new book.Josh Bernoff (left) and Ted Schadler (right), courtesy of Forrester ResearchCould you start by giving us a quick high level overview of what the book is about, and specifically how it impacts IT?Empowered is about how to manage your company in the age of the empowered customer. Customers have much more power than ever before with social, video, mobile, and Web services resources available to them. Companies working in this environment need to empower their employees to reach out to those customers with technology solutions.Regarding IT, IT departments no longer control the technology in companies — the employees are able to get access to it for their own projects, because it’s so cheap and easy. So IT needs a new role — as a supporter and helper, rather than being in charge of all tech for the company.A lot of the ideas in the book have been around since at least theClue Train Manifestoin 1999. So is this groundswell really happening now? For example, are Whirlpool and United really suffering from the events you cite in your book?I think United and Whirlpool’s brands have suffered, especially since Whirlpool’s Maytag brand is supposed to be about dependability.As for the ideas — Cluetrain was a brilliant stab at some of these ideas, but a decade later, companies are actually having to deal with a majority of their customers in social networks. Plus we have actual experience with what companies are doing and what works. So this isn’t a yawp in the dark — it’s actual to give real, prescriptive advice with real case studies and statistics, now.How have organizations been receiving your message? You give a lot of examples of companies that are embracing these ideas, but the ideas still look really radical compared to what’s going on in most organizations I’ve gotten a good look at in the past few years. They really resist change and they’re anything but “bottom-up.”Change starts in small ways. I’ve seen companies like Aflac and American Family Mutual Insurance embrace these changes. There is a “loosening up” going on because it’s very hard to lock things down any more.I would not say there is a trend to more bottom up, but there are more bottom-up type companies becoming visible, and this is causing people to rethink the way they run things, at least at a departmental level, if not always for the whole company.The reason I’m skeptical is because I think a lot of companies will look at the expense that it takes to make REAL change (not just spamming Twitter) will be too expensive. Letting CSRs decide to replace merchandise could get expensive.If you approach this right, it does not have to be expensive. It’s about reaching out in the right way to the right people at the right time.A twelpforce rep helped me last week when I desperately needed a cable to fix my GPS before a trip. Once I was in the Best Buy store, I ended up buying $1100 worth of stuff. That’s pretty cost effective.A huge amount of customer service is outsourced to call centers owned and operated by other companies. Do you think this is a sustainable model?I want to be clear that this is not a book about customer service, although that’s one topic we touch on. As for outsourced customer service, people often hate it. If it’s done with quality, it can include outreach on social channels as well. If it’s not done with quality, it will come back to bite the companies that are doing it.Have you seen any examples of outsourced employees being “HEROes” [“highly empowered and resourceful operatives”]? If it not, is it possible in theory?You need a strong partnership. At Aflac they built a community for their independent sales reps — those kind of people could be HEROes, I imagine.Communicating and collaborating across silos is a pretty common selling point for vendors of “enterprise 2.0” software and services. What’s the value in doing so, instead of keeping workers focused on their own projects?People who keep to their silos are not going to find the next big idea. And at the current speed that customers are moving, I don’t think a company can continue to run that way. Slow = dead.What technologies can help companies make this adjustment? I’ve been covered idea management software lately and you touch on that a bit in the book. You also mentioned Deloitte Australia‘s use of microblogging to generate ideas for the company. When should a company use idea management and when should it use microblogging?As with all social tools, the choice of what you use depends on your objective. Yammer is great for fast-flowing in-the-moment collaboration, but not so good for sustained innovation. Idea management tools like Imaginatik are better for sourcing a million dollar idea.What should IT staff be doing to get ready for these changes?We have several chapters on IT in the book. Here are some tips.1. Don’t just say no to technology projects in a knee-jerk fashion. Help do a realistic risk assessment and assessment of resources.2. For small to medium projects — the lifeblood of innovation — provide support and recommendations, rather than own them.3. Focus on people as the security perimeter — with people having their own devices, it’s no longer enough to just lock down the tech the company owns.4. Create governance councils for new technologies to help people across the company to innovate with them and develop best practices. Examples could include social, mobile, and video.5 .Take a customer-facing employee to lunch. Learn about what your line of business colleagues are thinking!What books – other than this book and Groundswell – would you recommend managers and IT read?I also think there is an affinity between the recommendations in Empowered and Charlene Li’s Open Leadership — they fit together well, and leaders of all kinds need to know about the challenges Charlene describes.Clay Shirky’s book Here Comes Everybody is great and while I haven’t read it, I’m fascinated by his new one, Cognitive Surplus. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#Interviews center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Five Skills You Need for Startup Success, According to Ethernet Inventor Bob Metcalfe

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Ethernet inventor and generally accomplished tech super-guy Bob Metcalfe gave a great opening keynote talk at this morning’s Capital Factory Demo Day in Austin, Texas. The event has been good so far and is live streaming online for free.Metcalfe offered a wide ranging talk to open the day but included some tasty tidbits in the form of two lists: five personal skills that entrepreneurs need to develop in order to succeed in building tech companies that scale and six types of people a startup ecosystem needs to include in order to foster success. Five Skills Entrepreneurs NeedBe healthy. Are startups all about pulling all nighters and eating ramen noodles? Steve Jobs wasn’t like that in his early days, Metcalfe argues. You need to be healthy. “Don’t buy into this bullshit that you need to drive yourself into the ground,” he said. “You should sleep eight hours a day. The trick is to figure out when you need to get up and then go to sleep eight hours before that.”Writing. Lots of people have great stories that get left in the bar, Jack London once said. Metcalfe says entrepreneurs should develop writing skills by writing about what they are doing all the time – it’s an important part of thinking, communicating and selling.Speaking. “I have given more speeches…than you have,” Metcalfe joked. You have to be a good speaker, he says. Speak every chance you can and get better at it. Metcalfe is very good at it.Selling. Startups don’t value sales people and skills highly enough, Metcalfe argues. Even engineers need to be able to sell their ideas internally and they need to be able to gather resources from inside and outside their companies.Planning. “You can’t change your plan if you don’t have one,” Metcalfe says. You need a process for regularly reviewing your plans.Metcalfe said that the phrase people use for bringing in older, more experienced CEOs as “adult supervision” might be patronizing, but it’s really about bringing in an infusion of human capital in the form of skills like the above. Related: Metcalfe’s list of six key types of people that a business ecosystem needs to foster success: Research professors, graduating students, scaling entrepreneurs, angel investors, strategic partners and early adopters. The group that’s in shortest supply is usually scaling entrepreneurs: there’s no shortage of ideas, just of people skilled at managing them. Often most overlooked is the importance of early adopters. In the US, there are people who will buy from startups – that’s not the case in many other parts of the world. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#How To#start 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

Jefferson City police in two chases Thursday night

first_imgThere were two police chases in Jefferson City on Thursday night.Investigators say Molly Patterson Seymour shoplifted from the Schnuck’s grocery store at about 6 p.m., then tried to speed away on Michigan Street. They say the chase finally stopped when Seymour pulled into a driveway on Missouri Street and was arrested.At about 10:25 p.m. Thursday, officers say parole violator Damien Rotter tried to get away from a traffic stop near Myrtle Avenue and Edmonds Street. The car stopped working after it hit a curb, so Rotter allegedly tried to run. A K-9 unit tracked him down.Investigators have connected Rotter, 23, to a burglary earlier in the day.last_img read more

New 3D scanning campaign will reveal 20,000 animals in stunning detail

first_img Then last year David Blackburn, a herpetologist at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, saw Summers’s #scanAllFish hashtag on Twitter and light-heartedly countered that he would “scan all frogs.” Blackburn had just chatted with museum curators about starting a new digitization effort, so he also called Summers. They decided to up the ante and seek money to “scan it all.” Now they have $2.5 million in National Science Foundation funding in hand, and on 1 September they will launch their project: oVert, for “Open Exploration of Vertebrate Diversity in 3D.” Many scientists simply know it as the “scan-all-vertebrates” project.Over the next 4 years, Blackburn will lead an effort to CT scan more than 20,000 vertebrate specimens, representing 80% of all genera, from 16 museum and university collections across the United States. oVert will also pick about 1000 of them—representing most vertebrate families—to soak in an iodine dye, which enhances contrast in soft tissues, allowing researchers to see the muscles, circulatory system, brain, and more.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The resulting 3D renderings will be uploaded to an existing digital depository, MorphoSource, created by Doug Boyer, an evolutionary anthropologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where they will be freely available for research in fields such as comparative anatomy, evolution, developmental biology, and biomimetics. “The vision is to get specimens off a shelf, into as many hands as possible, and into the context of big-scale research questions,” Blackburn says.Researchers could soon “have all of vertebrate diversity at our fingertips. … This would be immediately useful,” says Beth Brainerd, who studies vertebrate morphology at Brown University. Since all specimens, some very old, will come from museum collections, their external shape may be deformed. But the internal anatomy should be preserved, and the iodine dye will highlight it further in select specimens. Among other uses, oVert will “open new doors” for understanding brain evolution in hard-to-find species, predicts Kara Yopak of the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, the neuroanatomy adviser to the project.Education and outreach is a major goal of oVert. Bruce McFadden, vertebrate paleontology curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville is eager to use the 3D models in K-12 education. Previously, he’s worked with science and art teachers to help a group of middle school girls reconstruct a life-sized jaw from the prehistoric shark megaladon, based on CT scans of its teeth. “They were real jazzed up about this,” he says.Boyer is excited at the prospect of being able to explore vertebrate shape and anatomy across thousands of species. “Everything we thought we knew about anatomical evolution, throw it out the window,” he says. “This will be at such a different scale, we will have to go into it with new eyes.” By Ryan CrossAug. 24, 2017 , 11:15 AM ADAM SUMMERS, MATTHEW KOLMAN EDWARD L. STANLEY, DAVID C. BLACKBURN EDWARD L. STANLEY, DAVID C. BLACKBURN New 3D scanning campaign will reveal 20,000 animals in stunning detail A CT scan of a bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) Summers’s hobby turned serious when his lab finally got its own CT scanner in 2015. He also stumbled upon a simple method that accelerated his output. By individually wrapping fish in alcohol-soaked cheesecloth to prevent them from drying out, and then stacking them into what he calls “fish burritos,” he could scan many specimens at once. So far, he’s done more than 4500 specimens and 2400 different species.Fish CT scans from Summers’s lab are already aiding other research. To design an energy-efficient robot for underwater exploration, Cassandra Donatelli at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts is using the 3D models to mimic the joints and movements of long and slender fish. Neuroanatomist Michael Hofmann at the University of Bonn in Germany is beginning a comparative study of the inner ears of fish to understand their hearing and orientation. And in April, Kevin Conway, an oVert participant and curator of fishes at Texas A&M University in College Station, described a new species of clingfish based on a scan that revealed about 2000 tiny teeth resembling toothbrush bristles.”I’ve been shocked that almost every time we scan a species, we learn something new,” says Matthew Kolmann, a postdoctoral researcher in Summers’s lab whose CT scans of piranhas revealed that the fish tend to leave nasty pinhole bite marks on each other’s bones. Blackburn calls these discoveries the “natural history bycatch,” serendipitous glimpses into animal lifestyles. Scans are an especially powerful tool for studying the anatomical quirks of rare organisms with only one or two known specimens, Blackburn adds, because “no one in their right mind would take these things apart.” (The scans can also reveal some of a creature’s diet—Blackburn has found frogs with ants, crabs, and even another frog in their stomachs.)For oVert, six universities that already have CT scanners will scan their own specimens and ones from the other 10 institutions. Four researchers are leading the hunt for appropriate bird and mammal specimens, a challenging task since these animals are typically mounted as dry taxidermy. oVert aims to find fluid-preserved specimens with innards intact, which is more common for reptiles, amphibians, and fish.Conway will be in charge of scanning anything especially large, with a budget for about 500 specimens up to 2 meters in length and weighing 250 kilograms. Juvenile or fetal specimens will be used for oversized species. In the past, his group has scanned gars, an eel, a bowhead whale fetus, and even a 2.5-meter bigeye sand tiger shark (which didn’t completely fit inside the scanner). Known as the “Fish Guy,” Adam Summers earned his moniker for an odd hobby turned academic obsession: giving dead fish a computerized tomography, or CT, scan. The biomechanist at Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, Washington, has been haphazardly scanning fluid-preserved collections of fish for 20 years—”I literally traded Snickers bars for CT scans when I started out,” he says—to create detailed 3D representations of the animals and study the intricacies of their internal architecture. Whenever he posted the beautifully rendered skeletons online, fellow fish admirers would eagerly ask what was up next. Summers’s half-joking reply: “Don’t worry, they are all next. I am scanning all fishes.” A CT scan of a Mexican beaded lizard (Heloderma horridum) A CT scan of a pirañha (Serrasalmus medinai) ALAN GLOWCZWSKI, DANIEL HILLMANN, RAYMOND TARPLEY/TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY An iodine-injected frog reveals muscles, glands, nervous system, eggs, parasites, and more.last_img read more

Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board (HPSSSB) Recruitment

first_imgHimachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board (HPSSSB) has invited applications for recruitment at various posts. The interested and eligible candidates can apply by March 18.Post details:Total posts: 523Post names:Junior engineer (Civil): 30Junior draughtsman (Civil): 53TGT (Arts): 3TGT (Non-medical): 1TGT (Medical): 20Computer Operators: 32Junior Cameraman: 2Manual Assistant: 3Sr. Asstt. (Accounts): 2Junior Auditor: 6Junior Engineer (Electrical): 64Civil Defence Instructor/Platoon Commander/Chief Instructor/Administrative Officer/Assistant Store Officer: 4Havildar Instructor/Quarter Master Havildar: 11Lineman: 34Electrician: 16Steno-typist: 3Supervisor: 69Weaving Master: 2Preservation Assistant: 1Superintendent (Divisional Accounts): 5Lady Village Development Coordinator: 10Junior Scale Stenographer: 1Lab Technician: 1Fisheries Officer: 3Press Duftry: 2Male Multipurpose Health Worker: 89Clerk: 4Clerk (Other Department): 31Junior Draughtsman (Other Department): 4Motor Vehicle Inspector: 4Operation Theatre Assistant: 1Computer Assistant: 1Junior Office Assistant: 6Mountaineering Instructors: 2Water Sports Instructor: 1Ski Instructor: 1ABV Inst. of Mountaineering & Allied Sports: 1Eligibility criteria:In order to check the eligibility criteria, the candidates are required to check the notification on the official website.The short listed candidates will be placed in the following Pay scale:Junior engineer (Civil): Rs 10,300-34,800+ Rs 3,800 GP Contractual emoluments Rs 14,100 per month.Junior draughtsman (Civil): Rs 5,910-20,200+ 2,400 GP Contractual emoluments Rs 8,310 per monthTGT (Non medical): Contractual emoluments Rs 13,900 per monthTGT (Medical): Contractual emoluments Rs 13,900 per monthComputer operators: Contractual emoluments Rs 13,500 per monthJunior cameraman: Contractual emoluments Rs 13,900 per monthManual assistant: Contractual emoluments Rs 7,810 per monthSr. assistant (Accounts): Contractual emoluments Rs 14,700 per monthJunior auditor: Contractual emoluments Rs 14,100 per monthJunior engineer (Electrical): Contractual emoluments Rs 16,250 per monthCivil defence instructor/platoon commander/chief instructor/administrative officer/assistant store officer: Rs 10,300-34,800+ 36,00 GP Contractual emoluments Rs 13,900 per monthHavildar instructor/quarter master havildar: Rs 5,910-20,200+ 2,400 GP Contractual emoluments Rs 8,310 per monthLineman:  Rs 6,400?20,200+ 2,800 GP Contractual emoluments Rs 9,200 per monthElectrician:  Rs 6,400?20,200+ 2,300 GP Contractual emoluments Rs 8,700 per monthSteno-typist: Rs 5,910?20,200+ 2,000 GPSupervisor:  Rs 10,300?34,800+ 3,200 GPWeaving master: Rs 5,910-20,200+1,900 GPPreservation assistant: Rs 10,300-34,800+ 3,800 GP Contractual emoluments Rs 14,100 per monthSuperintendent (divisional accounts): Rs 15,450 per monthLady village development coordinator: Rs 7,810 per monthJunior scale stenographer: Rs 8,710 per month  Lab technician: Rs 8,710 per monthFisheries officer: Rs 13,900 per monthPress Duftry: Rs 7,810 per monthMale multipurpose health worker: Rs 8,710 per monthClerk: Rs 7,810 per monthClerk (other department): Rs 7,810 per monthJunior draughtsman (other department): Rs 8,310 per monthMotor vehicle inspector: Rs 13,900 per monthOperation theatre assistant: Rs 8,310 per monthComputer assistant: Rs10,300-34,800+ 3,800 GPJunior office assistant: Rs 7,860 per monthMountaineering instructors: Rs 14,100 per monthWater sports instructor: Rs 14,100 per monthSki instructor: Rs 10,300+ 34,800+ 3,800 (GP)ABV Inst. of mountaineering & allied sports: Rs 14,100 per monthApplication Process:In order to apply, the candidates are required to send their duly filled applications to “Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board, Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh) PIN-177001”. Besides, the candidates are required to send the attested copies of relevant documents and testimonials along.advertisementlast_img read more